Do I need specific THC/CBD ratios to treat ADHD and autism with cannabis?

Dear Dr. Dave,

I have a 9-year-old boy with mild ADHD and mild autism. I am interested in medical cannabis. I live in Cyprus, where it is illegal, but I can purchase it. My concern is, do I need to know a proportional ratio of CBD and THC? My son lacks concentration, has social problems and is hyper at times.

-Christina in Cyprus

Dear Christina,

As you may be aware, the United States government has effectively blocked almost all whole plant cannabis research. This means that we are left with experience, basically trial and error. My experience has generally been a relatively low dose of THC (2.5 or 5mg, 2-3 times a day) is effective. This can be equal amounts of THC and CBD. For autism, sometimes low dose THC (2.5-5mg) with a higher dose of CBD (10-25mg) is most helpful.

All the best,

Dr. Dave

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David Bearman, M.D.

Dr. Bearman is one of the most clinically knowledgeable physicians in the U.S. in the field of medicinal marijuana. He has spent 40 years working in substance and drug abuse treatment and prevention programs. Dr. Bearman was a pioneer in the free and community clinic movement. His career includes public health, administrative medicine, provision of primary care, pain management and cannabinology.

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